Action first. Salon in the house of Violetta
Famous Parisian courtesan Violetta Valerie arranges a ball. Among the many guests - a young Alfred Germont, a young man from a respectable family. He first fell into the brilliant and vicious world of the Parisian half-light. He was brought here by the love of the beautiful Violetta. A new guest proclaims a toast. The fun begins.
Feeling bad, Violetta retreats. Alfred finds her and confesses her love. Violetta appoints him a date and gives a camellia flower. The guests thank the hostess for the merry evening and say goodbye.
Left alone, Violetta with emotion recalls the recognition of Alfred. Had she fallen in love? - Violetta listens to the voice of her heart. Had this timid boy awakened a reciprocal feeling in her? No, It is Immpossible. To be free and carefree, to shine at balls, to turn heads to men, to give their love and receive in return any earthly blessings - this is real, without prejudice, happiness! .. Alfred suddenly appears before her: the young man has returned to the salon. Violetta tries to resist the love charms, but she is already in their full power ...